Smartwatches are slowly but surely becoming a huge hit amongst consumers. They’re still kind of a niche product and regular consumers aren’t exactly carrying them, but I’m relatively confident that will change in the coming years. Anyhow, we’ve seen a ton of smartwatches launched lately, from various manufacturers running different platforms. From Pebble, Samsung, LG, Apple, Motorola, etc. Pebble’s offering runs Pebble OS, Samsung’s run either company’s very own Tizen OS or Google’s Android Wear OS, Apple’s Apple Watch runs Apple’s very own OS while the rest of these manufacturers I’ve mentioned have announced smartwatches powered by Android Wear. Neither of these smartwatches are that cheap and may not fit everyone, of course. Some people might want something a bit different, in comes InWatch. This is a Chinese smartwatch manufacturer which has already released an Android-powered smartwatch back in 2013 called InWatch One, that smartwatch was powered by a custom Android 4.0. This time around InWatch has something different and more refined in mind, the company has actually partnered up with Meizu and launched InWatch Pi smartwatch as a Meizu accessory back in September. Anyhow, let’s see what this watch has to offer.
By its general shape, InWatch Pi resembles Motorola’s Moto 360 a whole lot, its circular shape look sleek and refined. The watch is made out of stainless steel and it comes with a genuine leather strap, which you can exchange anytime you want. On the front of the device, you’ll notice a sapphire screen silk glass, which is scratch proof according to InWatch. The watch is powered by a button-battery, which we’re all pretty familiar with. InWatch claims this smartwatch has a 6-month standby battery life, which is quite impressive. This smartwatch is meant to be a perfect extension to your smartphone, it is equipped with a vibration motor and 12 LED lights which you can set up the way you like in order to notify you when you receive an important call or something similar to that. The watch will also calculate how many calories you’ve burned and monitor your sleep. InWatch Pi connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0, so it won’t drain your battery like crazy. The watch is water resistant up to 30m below the surface. The watch is 0.8mm thick and its diameter is 3.5cm and is compatible with both Android (4.3+) and iOS (7.0+, iPhone 4S+).
You can now pre-order the InWatch Pi smartwatch from GearBest for $59 until November 15th when pre-orders are over. If you decide to purchase it you’ll also get a screwdriver and 2 button batteries so that you can exchange them on your own. GearBest ships worldwide, so you’re covered as far as that is concerned.